Weʼve raised £1,291 to empower ex-addicts to rebuild their lives, by joining a hands-on adventure sailing voyage on an old charity-run sailing ship called TECTONA.
- Funded on Thursday, 19th October 2017
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We (Tectona Trust - see below) are helping people who are recovering from drug addiction to rebuild their lives. They need to gain the vital inner strength ('resilience') to be able to stay clean / dry from now onward. Detox and Rehab are just the start of a life-long process of living differently, a massive change to their previous life.
A Recovery Voyage on the Tectona really changes people's lives. We are a 'therapeutic community afloat' on the Plymouth tall ship TECTONA.
It's tough to take this on, but once people are on the boat it becomes a joyous and massively strengthening experience.
£500 pays for each person to join a team of 12 Recovery People for a week-long offshore sailing voyage. They have to be in strong Recovery from drugs +/- alcohol, and to be ABSTINENT. They are drug-tested on boarding.
Tectona is a 89-yr old solid wooden sailing boat - a gaff ketch - with 12 guest crew berths. The Recovery crew sail the boat and do everything required under the watchful eye of 3 professional Sea Staff. They: raise the anchor (takes all 12 people); hoist and trim the huge sails; do the navigation; keep lookout (even through the night); steer the ship; cook and clean, and join in a daily group discussion led by the Skipper. Hard work but huge fun.
What they say:
"The voyage opened my eyes to what can be achieved in my new life."
"The voyage helped me conquer some of my fears, eg: talking with strangers around the dinner table, easily getting on with people I'd never met before."
"For those who sailed on Tectona, our completion of treatment rate has gone up from 46% to over 80%." (Phoenix Futures rehab charity, 2013.)
Tectona is operated by the Island Trust charity. The cost of each voyage is made up of salaries for the Sea Staff; maintenance and certification of Tectona; safety equipment; moorings; food, fuel and running repairs. This is a 100% non-commercial operation with many Volunteers making it happen.
More info at: www.tectona.org.uk
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David and Val
Oct 19, 2017
Hi Roger, Keep up the good work for a worthy cause.
Oct 18, 2017
Thanks to everyone who gave me cash!
Oct 10, 2017
Well done on the 10K run, and for a very worthy cause. I cannot yet run, but I recently walked five miles in two hours, my best since I was on a ventilator for nine days in November 2016.
Oct 9, 2017
Love the term `Recovery Voyage'. My voyage started when I was 18 and I now have 24 years of sobriety. Privilege to make a small contribution. Well done all!
Oct 6, 2017
Hope there is a strong wind behind you, Roger...splice the mainbrace!
Oct 5, 2017
Oct 4, 2017
Well done Roger, enjoy!! (I think that's the word) All the best Andy
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